Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

CD Reviews

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

CD Reviews

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Various: The Songs of Praise Album.

The BBC have compiled this double disc collection of classic hymns featuring performances by King's College Choir, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Lesley Garrett. This collection is obviously aimed at fans of the popular Sunday teatime television programme of the same name. As a dedicated atheist I've been known to cringe through this particular example of (un)comfortable Sunday viewing. I'm not averse to the positive messages of hope and tolerance that Christianity extols. However, Aled Jones trying home-made gooseberry jam at a church-sponsored fete and jumble sale in Swaffham is unlikely to capture the hearts and minds of today's disenchanted youth. Although I'm not representative of the programme's core demographic, I actually didn't mind this album at all. From the first disc I enjoyed Bryn Terfel's rendition of Abide With Me, while even Aled Jones couldn't spoil All Through the Night, a hymn I've loved since it was used so effectively in an early episode of The Sopranos. This collection is not without its flaws, Cliff Richard and Daniel O'Donnell make unwelcome cameos. Although I was personally disappointed with the omission of The Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil, this collection is a must-buy for fans of the show.

ANDREW RICHARDSON

Fightstar: Paint Your Target

This single is all over the place! This band can't decide whether they want to take a heavy rock style to their song or a softer rock approach. The singer has quite a good voice when he's not screaming out lyrics, and the electric guitars and drums sound pretty good as well. The single sounds great in places, but then it does a total twist, confusingly, and to be honest it doesn't make the song sound any better.

SARAH HARRIS

Audioslave: Out of Exile

Audioslave were recently honoured as the first US rock band to perform outdoors in Cuba. They view their free expression of music as crossing all barriers. Out Of Exile is their second album and when I first heard the CD, I wasn't really sure if I liked it. …

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